'What Remains of Edith Finch' Is What Remains of Anyone

by G. Christopher Williams

30 August 2017

(Giant Sparrow) 
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What Remains of Edith Finch

US: 24 Apr 2017

I keep wanting to call What Remains of Edith Finch What’s Eating Edith Finch?. In a certain way, What Remains of Edith Finch has a few things in common with the film Lasse Hallström’s What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? (1993). They both feature oddly named characters, they’re both concerned about the way peculiar families function, and they both meditate on death at certain points in their runtime.

It’s this latter element that probably defines the major thematic interest of What Remains of Edith Finch, though, as the majority of the game is spent pondering the inevitable ends of Edith’s peculiar family members.

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